Nature park is a large natural or partly cultivated area of land and/or sea distinguished by ecological features of international and national importance with marked landscape, educational, cultural-historical and tourist-recreational values.

Business and other activities and actions which do not pose a threat to its essential characteristics and roles are permitted. The method of performing business activities and use of natural resources in nature parks are set out in nature protection requirements.

Out of 11 nature parks, 6 are mountain parks: Velebit, Biokovo, Medvednica, Papuk, Učka and Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje while Telašćica and Lastovsko otočje are island parks. Kopački rit and Lonjsko polje are representatives of the biological wealth of lowland flooding areas and Vransko jezero is the largest natural lake in Croatia.

Nature park Biokovo

The Nature Park Biokovo is characterised by special beauty of landscapes, great diversity of flora and fauna and wealth of geomorphological forms and phenomena (caves, pit-caves, scraps, sinkholes, crests, pits...).

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Nature park Kopački rit

The Nature Park Kopački rit is considered one of the most preserved fluvial-wetlands in Europe characterised by outstanding beauty of landscape and rich biodiversity.

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Nature park Lastovsko otočje

Lastovsko otočje (Lastovo archipelago) belongs to the outer group of islands in south Dalmatia and includes the island of Lastovo with neighbouring islands, island groups Lastovnjaci and Vrhovnjaci and island Sušac, consisting of the total of 44 islands, islets and reefs. 

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Nature park Lonjsko polje

The Nature Park Lonjsko polje is the largest protected flooding area of the entire Danube river basin with valuable landscape and ecological features. Special beauty of landscape is provided by flood forests of common oak and picturesque wet pastures with old dwellings in between a network of water surfaces.

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Nature park Medvednica

The main feature of the Nature Park Medvednica are forests (beech, fir, maple, ash and sessile oak) of great biological value due to which 8 forest reserves are protected within the Park. 

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Nature park Papuk

The Nature Park Papuk is protected because of its extremely valuable biological, geological, landscape and historical features and includes almost the entire area of the Mountain Papuk and western part of the Mountain Krndija.

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Nature park Telašćica

The Nature Park Telašćica, as one of the most beautiful and largest Adriatic bays, with its marine area consisting of 13 islands and reefs and covering the surface area of 70.5 km2, of which 44.55 km2 belongs to the sea.

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Nature park Učka

Owing to reliefs and immediate vicinity of the sea, the Nature Park Učka has a specific microclimate and developed abundant forest vegetation. 

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Nature park Velebit

The Nature Park Velebit includes the largest part of the Mountain Velebit and valley of the karst river Zrmanja and it is the largest protected area in Croatia. 

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Nature park Vransko jezero

Vransko jezero (Vransko Lake) is the largest natural lake in Croatia and represents a geomorphological rarity of our karst area since it is a cryptodepression filled with mildly salt water in which a specific community of sea organisms developed.

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